April 21, 2003
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Anthropologists John L. and Jean Comaroff of the University of Chicago will speak on "Criminal Justice, Cultural Justice: The Limits of Liberalism and the Pragmatics of Difference in the New South Africa," on Thursday, April 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College. The talk, about their current research on the cultural dimensions of law and order in post-apartheid South Africa, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995, the Comaroffs are among the most important anthropologists practicing in the United States today. They are the authors of Revelation and Revolution, Ethnography and the Historical Imagination and many journal articles. They also edited Modernity and Its Malcontents, Civil Society and the Political Imagination in Africa and Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism.

The talk is hosted by the department of anthropology and sociology at Amherst, and cosponsored by the departments of history and law, jurisprudence and social thought at Amherst, and the department of anthropology at Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.